As you may have heard, Concord, Mass. has taken a very hard stance on one of the most pervasive manmade scourges on the natural environment, single-serving bottled water, by placing an outright prohibition on its sale within town limits. As a result, Concord residents will now have to travel to neighboring Boston burbs to get their 1 liter Poland Springs fix. Either that or they'll have to commit a most shocking act: Fill up a reusable water bottle from the tap.
Over in Portugal, Lisbon-based design firm Colectivo da Rainha has teamed up with eco-minded bottled water purveyor Serra da Estrela and “social innovation project” Remix to tackle the issue of plastic water bottle waste in a decidedly more creative manner than the activists behind the bottle-based brouhaha in Concord: they're making birdhouses out of discarded empties.
I totally realize that repurposing PET water bottles to make new products such as birdhouses and banning their sale are completely different creatures. However, the core goal — keeping those suckers as far away from landfills as possible — is somewhat similar, I suppose.
Experimenting with the material properties we came to understand that it can be molded with heat and be shaped to as many forms as we liked, loosing the cheap feel and become of value.From here on, all the ideas got together and the birdhouse made sense, just like with the Transparent Vases, following the same concept and the environmental policies of the water company, only it also sends out an iconic message, a home for nature in our home.Using a water bottle only to make each birdhouse and leaving the bottleneck as the entrance and the handle as the bird perch.
And in other international designer birdhouse related news, it appears that Dutch designer Klaas Kuiken’s also clever — but somewhat questionable — ceramic Birdhouse Rooftile, a concept that I first blogged about back in the fall of 2010, has finally gone into production.
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